|Peter Quenneville scored the game-tying goal for Brandon|
in Wednesday's contest.
Tanner Kaspick’s first career WHL playoff goal was going to be one to remember no matter what, but the Brandon product put an exclamation mark on it on Wednesday night.
Kaspick scored 3:36 into overtime as the Wheat Kings downed the Regina Pats 3-2 to take a three games to one lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Kaspick, who scored one goal in the regular season, looked off a hard-charging Macoy Erkamps going to the front of the net on an offensive rush and then snapped a shot home past Pats’ netminder Daniel Wapple.
“You have those guys that are suited for this time of year and really seize the moment,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Tanner scored the winning goal tonight, but he had a great game all night and was excellent the entire hockey game and is just playing better and better and taking on more responsibility.”
Kaspick and fellow 2013 Bantam Draft picks Nolan Patrick and Kale Clague made big contributions in the Game #4 win.
Patrick scored a first period goal on a setup from Clague to give Brandon a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, while Clague saw significant minutes on the blueline in place of the injured Colton Waltz and, later, as a part of a five-man rotation once Ryan Pilon left the game in the third period.
“The scouts should be proud of themselves tonight. Those three kids were tremendous,” added McCrimmon, “Those are three players that are contributing now but, obviously, have great futures in our organization.”
Peter Quenneville scored the other Brandon goal, a power-play marker 7:53 into the third period that tied the game 2-2.
That goal came just 31 seconds after Pats’ defenceman Connor Hobbs was given a kneeing major and game misconduct for a hit on Brandon’s Ryan Pilon in the high slot in the Regina zone that resulted in the Wheat Kings’ defenceman leaving the game.
|Tanner Kaspick reacts to scoring the OT Winner|
Daniel Wapple made 45 saves in the Regina net including 19 in the third period while Brandon’s Jordan Papirny stopped 30 of 32 shots in the Wheat Kings’ goal.
Brandon now has a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Final Friday when they host the Pats in Game #5 (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
“There’s such a difference going back 2-2 and a Best-of-Three staring at you versus 3-1 and a chance to win a series on home ice,” said McCrimmon, “It’s going to be a great night in our building and a great night for our fans and we want to make sure we hold up our end of the bargain and play a really solid game on Friday.”
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